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Bellator prevails over Eddie Alvarez in contract dispute

Mixed martial arts, otherwise known as 'MMA,' has seen a rapid increase in popularity over the last several years. With this increased popularity comes large revenue-earning potential for those in the business. This includes not only the fighters, but also the companies which promote the MMA events. However, this also means there is more at stake in contract dispute issues that could potentially arise. This is the case with a recent dispute between Bellator MMA, based in California, and one of its fighters, Eddie Alvarez.

The dispute arose when a competing MMA organization, UFC, approached the fighter and offered him an opportunity to fight in late April in one of UFC's events. The fighter argued that he had already fulfilled his contract with Bellator MMA and he should be free to sign on with UFC if he so chooses. However, Bellator argues that it has the right to match the UFC's offer in accordance with its current contract with the fighter.

Bellator filed a complaint against Alvarez for breach of contract claiming that it was able to match UFC's offer, which would require Alvarez to resign with Bellator. The company claimed it matched all of UFC's monetary compensation offers. However, Alvarez argued that Bellator could not match some of the pay-per-view profit sharing potential due to UFC's superior capital and marketing abilities.

Despite the fighter's argument, a court judge recently sided with the California MMA promoter Bellator and denied Alvarez's request for injunctive relief in the contract dispute. This case illustrates how much power a legal contract has in the court of law. It also shows that, in order to increase the odds of prevailing in a breach of contract dispute, it can be helpful to completely understand the details and legal implications of the contract in question.

Source:, "Eddie Alvarez fails to win injunctive relief in court," Loretta Hunt, Jan. 25, 2013

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